Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patty Whang


The focus of this capstone project is to improve student engagement during online learning. Over a year ago, schools had to shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and online instruction began. Teachers and students had to adjust to this new mode of instruction. And although new technology made this transition more manageable, students' needs in an online learning environment differ from face-to-face instruction. Distance learning has presented many challenges this past year because most of our school systems are not set up for K-12 schooling to be remote. An evidence-based argument is offered that without proper student engagement, learning goals will become jeopardized. Considerations of the issue should include two high school teachers who have participated in online instruction and rethinking their lessons with student engagement in mind. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the data and were explored to address the issue presented. Based on the data, an action was chosen as the most effective option for improving student engagement during distance learning.